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Track maintenance & engineering - Articles and news items

Network Rail completes four-year track renewal programme in Yorkshire

Rail industry news / 19 September 2016 /

Network Rail’s specialist engineering train has completed a four-year maintenance programme on the railways serving Yorkshire…

New developments in on-track machines for narrow gauge track

Issue 4 2016 / 25 July 2016 /

MATISA Matériel Industriel SA has unveiled its two latest on-track machines (OTM), demonstrating new opportunities for narrow gauge track maintenance.

Network Rail completes Easter work programme despite storm conditions

Rail industry news / 29 March 2016 /

Network Rail has completed its Easter improvement works despite a large section of the UK experiencing poor weather conditions with the arrival of Storm Katie.

Bombardier to provide rail engineering education in Thailand

Rail industry news / 4 March 2016 /

Bombardier Transportation has signed an agreement to provide rail engineering education in Thailand, strengthening its position in key markets.

Network Rail prepares for Easter improvement works

Rail industry news / 26 February 2016 /

Network Rail prepares for one of the biggest investment programmes ever carried out on Britain’s rail network over the Easter period.

Funding announced for south west rail infrastructure study

Rail industry news / 10 February 2016 /

The Department for Transport and Great Western Railway (GWR) have announced funding for a study looking at improvements to rail infrastructure between London and Devon and Cornwall.

High speed handbacks: reducing delays and saving money

Railway Extra / 2 February 2016 /

Accuracy, quality and speed; how Network Rail are using ‘high speed handbacks’ to reduce delays and save the British tax-payer money

Rail development impact on the job market

Rail industry news, Railway Extra / 20 January 2016 /

Neil Wilkie of Fusion People looks at current and future rail development infrastructure projects and the impact they have on the rail industry job market helping to fill the skills shortage gap. Currently, the UK’s railways are undergoing several projects that will transform the rail network. Plans to unite the north and south with the […]

New railway engineering techniques reduce delays and save time

Rail industry news / 12 January 2016 /

New railway engineering techniques were applied by Network Rail over the 2015 Christmas period helping to reduce delays and save money.

£4.5m advanced test facility to launch at Centre for Innovation in Rail

Rail industry news / 11 January 2016 /

The UK’s £22 million Centre for Innovation in Rail will officially open in autumn 2016 coinciding will the launch of a £4.5 million advanced test facility. Co-funded by the Regional Growth Fund, the Institute of Railway Research (IRR) at the University of Huddersfield is currently in the process of delivering its £22 million Centre for Innovation in Rail […]

The PWI: a catalyst for rail industry improvement

Issue 6 2015 / 9 December 2015 /

The Permanent Way Institution (PWI) is the UK professional engineering institution for rail infrastructure engineers. At the heart of its recent strategic review was answering the question ‘What is the role of a professional engineering institution in the 21st century?’ PWI CEO, David Packer, explains more…

How Britain’s new ‘workshop on wheels’ will revolutionise track maintenance

Issue 6 2015 / 9 December 2015 /

Over the next five years, Network Rail will spend and invest £38 billion as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan to deliver better, faster, greener services, and improved punctuality, reliability and safety, while simultaneously keeping the railway open to enable four and a half million journeys to take place, every single day. The railway is the lifeblood on which the nation depends, generating wealth valued at £12.8 billion a year, yet in parts, the maintenance of this crucial infrastructure still relies on technology that fundamentally hasn’t changed from when it was first invented in the 1840s. With the delivery of the country’s first Mobile Maintenance Train (MMT), Craig Mathys, Programme Manager at Network Rail describes how these exciting and popular new ‘workshops on wheels’ are set to revolutionise track maintenance, modernise and streamline old-fashioned procedures, while bringing massive cost and time efficiencies and increased workforce safety…


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